The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has introduced dynamic, multi-camera coverage of the 2015 World Boxing Championships here in Qatar's capital.
Having closed deals with international broadcasters as well as YouTube and Dailymotion, AIBA is bringing enhanced engagement with the competition to boxing fans around the world.
"Working in cooperation with the Al-Kass sports network, we have total control over the workflow, from image capture to the OB (outside broadcasing) vans, as well as graphics and statistics," said Pierre Obadia, director of TV production.
"Plus the cameras are nearer the action than ever before at an AIBA event.
"This year we manage everything in-house, but with Olympic-standard production."
This also affords a synergy between the footage, graphics and branding of the competition, allowing the production team to maintain the look of the event on TV, and have a quick turnaround of highlights packages and a daily magazine available for broadcasters around the world.
The production plan includes 16 Grass Valley LDX Series cameras - four ultra slo-mo and six super slo-mo - and the latest generation EVS slow-motion server.
The Swiss Timing CIS system for the commentary team is similar to that used by HBS at the Olympic Games.
BoxNation’s Alex Steedman and Great Britain’s former Commonwealth gold medallist-turned commentator David Price have provided their insights throughout the competition.
"We have deals with broadcasters in 112 countries around the world, including the BBC," said Obadia.
"We also have a live YouTube and DailyMotion feed to ensure the best possible coverage, which of course we embed on our own website aiba.org."
The production team has been working closely with AIBA officials to get as close to the action as possible, while additional microphones placed around the ring allow the sound engineers to control the audio according to what is happening inside it.
"We are focusing on the reaction around the ring, bringing in the crowd as well as putting RF [radio-frequency] microphones on some coaches," added Obadia.
"The whole idea is to engage boxing fans that are watching around the world."
The World Boxing Championship finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow and Thursday (October 15).
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